Last updated: October 28. 2013 10:08PM - 793 Views
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BUFFALO — With two fundraisers in the past month the Union County YMCA has raised more than $1,600 for its financial assistance program.


Each year, the YMCA hold a “sustaining campaign,” a structured campaign of fundraising events to raise funds for its financial assistance program which enables low-income families and individuals to participate in YMCA actitivities they might not otherwise be able to afford.


In the month of October, the YMCA has held two fundraising events with the first being an auction of jigsaw puzzzles assembled and framed by long-time supporter Harold Simmons. The auction, which also included other items made by Simmons, raised more than $1,000.


The sustaining campaign continued Saturday with the YMCA’s annual “Hog Jog” sponsored by Jay and Amy Allen, the owners of Midway BBQ. The Allen’s are also long-time supporters of the YMCA having sponsored the Hog Jog for the past decade.


The Hog Jog is a 5k run which begins and finishes at Midway BBQ where the Allen’s serve the runners breakfast.


The event raises funds through the registration fees paid by the participants. The fee for adults is $20 while the fee for children 14 and under is $10.


YMCA CEO Scott Sandor said this year’s Hog Jog attracted 43 runner while what he called the “Little Hog Jog” attracted approximately eight children.


Sandor said that Saturday’s Hog Jog and Little Hog Jog raised over $600. He thanked both the participants for their involvement and the Allen’s and the staff of Midway BBQ for their support.


“It went great,” Sandor said Monday. “It was a beautiful morning with cool temps and everyone enjoyed themselves. The breakfast was awesome. Again, many thanks to Jay, Amy, and the entire Mid Way BBQ gang.”


The following are the Hog Jog participants and their finish times:


• Carter Ridgeway — 21:34


• Nikki Ridgeway — 22:34


• Jennifer Jansen — 23:32


• Tommy Harrison — 25:09


• William Gibbs — 26:06


• Taylor Gibbs — 26:07


• Joe Nichols — 26:26


• David McKnight — 27:03


• Mary Katherine — Gibbs 27:18


• Blake Vinson — 27:33


• Sally Gallman — 27:36


• Rocky Cooper — 27:43


• Tammy McKnight — 28:27


• Ronnie Lybrand — 28:34


• Caden Kingsmore — 29:57


• Victor Kingsmore — 29:57


• John Kingsmore — 30:26


• Caleb Rueter — 31:50


• Ja’Kobe Harris — 33:34


• Rene Medford — 33:55


• Anna Gregory — 34:02


• Noah Chesney — 34:05


• Kenny O”Shield — 34:35


• Will Hickson — 34:36


• William Lee — 35:00


• David Lee — 35:00


• Jenny Williams — 35:38


• Libby Fisher — 35:58


• Mike McGee — 35:58


• Ashton Song — 36:48


• Mary Ellen Gregory — 36:54


• Lynne Burnett — 37:39


• Amber Justice — 37:39


• Vicki Nalls — 39:32


• Renee Nicholson — 42:39


• Makehi Siltzer — 45:41


• Jay Siltzer — 45:45


• Walker Gallman — 47:36


• Brad Weaver — 50:18


• Odessa Rice — 51:30


• Angela Harris — 52:00


Sandor said time wasn’t kept on the Little Hog Jog which he described as a “fun run” for the children.


For more information about donating to the Union County YMCA and about the services it provides contact 864-427-0668 or ssandor@unionymca.org.


Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

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